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blueeyes28
01-30-2007, 08:02 PM
and as I suspected I am getting glasses because I am nearsighted my question is and I suppose I should have asked the doctor Can I wear my glasses while I knit or will that bother my eyes because it is up close??

Jess_knit
01-30-2007, 08:12 PM
I am very badly nearsighted with a dose of astigmatism, which requires glasses/contacts at all times, including when I'm knitting or reading. It hasn't caused me any problems. In fact, reading without help makes my head ache.

However, I'm not sure if your case would be different, since your eyes are probably far better than mine. I don't think I had problems when I first started wearing glasses either, though.

Jess_knit
01-30-2007, 08:14 PM
I am very badly nearsighted with a dose of astigmatism, which requires glasses/contacts at all times, including when I'm knitting or reading. It hasn't caused me any problems. In fact, reading without help makes my head ache.

However, I'm not sure if your case would be different, since your eyes are probably far better than mine. I don't think I had problems when I first started wearing glasses either, though.

efsaturn
01-30-2007, 08:14 PM
Nearsighted means you can see close, so I don't think you would need the glasses for knitting.

Pink Dandelion
01-30-2007, 08:30 PM
I wear glasses for driving, I also wear them when I'm out and about (help see signs, scenery etc.) and when I watch TV.

When I watch TV I often knit, I have somewhat narrow frames so I tend to look under the lenses to knit and then look up and through them to watch TV... it took a little getting used to, but works for me now. :mrgreen:

psammeadred
01-30-2007, 09:15 PM
I've been horribly nearsighted - as in legally blind without glasses/contacts - since second grade. There's no way I could see to knit without glasses or contacts unless I held my work up so close that I would be poking myself in the eyes with the needles. That said, there are some myopic (nearsighted) people who only need glasses for faraway things. Just try them once you get the glasses. Wearing them if you don't need them won't make your eyes go bad, but not wearing them if you do need them can give you a headache.

janelanespaintbrush
01-30-2007, 09:35 PM
What a coincidence -- I just went to the eye doctor today! I'm near-sighted too, plus I've got some astigmatism.

I think you could go either way. If you can read okay but just have trouble seeing things in the distance, you can probably go without glasses while knitting. In my case, even though my near-sightedness got worse since my last appt and I got a stronger prescription, the doctor recommended that I wear my older (slightly weaker) glasses when I'm in front of the computer since I don't need as much correction up close. Since your vision is probably not too bad, you can probably see fine up close without glasses at all.

Of course, I don't think it would hurt if you wanted to wear your glasses all the time either. (Imagine what a pain it would be if you got contacts!)

Try it both ways and see! :teehee:

Stiney
01-30-2007, 09:37 PM
:hug:

Welcome to the ranks of the near-sighted!

I'm so bad that if I tried to knit sans glasses, I'd have to hold my work so close to my face that I'd start to go cross-eyed. Same with reading. :pout:

Mariblue
01-31-2007, 12:05 AM
I am near sighted also. I can't see very clearly beyond about 6 inches past my face. If I take off my glasses and look across a room at other people, their faces look like a blank slate to me, no facial features, it's kinda freaky.
Anyway, I need my glasses for knitting! But I agree with Jane, that if you can read ok without glasses, you're probably fine knitting without glasses. Just try to be aware that if you seem to be getting headaches, try knitting with them and seeing if it makes a difference for the better.
Mariblue

Phretys
01-31-2007, 03:57 AM
I've been nearsighted since high school. I didn't have trouble seeing close-up with my glasses until I hit my late 30s, when all of a sudden I couldn't focus on close objects anymore unless I removed my glasses. I have to knit without glasses unless they are bifocals.

Debi

Lieke
01-31-2007, 05:01 AM
I'm also near-sighted and I wear my glasses all the time. Also when I knit, because I usually watch tv while knitting. But I noticed I look under my glasses when I knit, not trough. Well, just do what works for you, you can do both

auburnchick
01-31-2007, 01:00 PM
Have y'all thought about having the vision correction surgery?

I used to be VERY, VERY nearsighted. We're talking -10 in one eye and -9 in the other with astigmatism in both eyes. The doctor once told me that my vision was something like 20/2000.

But, about five years ago, with extra pre-tax medical reimbursement money about to go to waste, I investigated this option. After about four months of prepping my eyes (meaning no contacts...UGLY thick glasses the entire time), they were able to do different procedures on my eyes. Immediate results. I have 20/20 vision now. I drove myself to my recheck the next day (a 20 minute drive).

Just a thought (and encouragement). :happydance:

Stiney
01-31-2007, 01:19 PM
I want corrective surgery. I'm just waiting for my eyes to stop getting worse....they're starting to plateau, so I think soon.

auburnchick
01-31-2007, 01:20 PM
Hmmm...how old are you, if you don't mind my asking?

Stiney
01-31-2007, 01:24 PM
23. :)

Prescription is -7.00 for my glasses, so I'm probably just about ready for the surgery. I plan on talking to my eye doctor about it at my next appointment. He's been my eye doctor for years, so I trust him.

The last time I went, he took a picture of my eyeball and it was sooooo cool. It looked like a peeled grape! :teehee:

janelanespaintbrush
01-31-2007, 01:25 PM
Nathalie- Was your astigmatism not too bad? My understanding was that surgery could not be an option for me because of that. Not that I'd be interested because I'm happy with glasses, but just out of curiousity. Maybe the technology has improved.

auburnchick
01-31-2007, 01:30 PM
Hmmm...I wonder how long your eyes continue to change. 23 seems late enough...

I can't remember exactly what the astigmatism was, but whatever it was meant bad.

On the day of surgery, as the doctor was marking my eyeball (sounds gross and painful but was painless), he commented that no one else would have touched my eyes. They even had a couple of people observing because my eyes were so bad.

Don't let the astigmatism argument thwart your efforts. I heard that from other doctors.

Technology is INCREDIBLE these days! They have procedures where they only correct a certain spot on your cornea or correct your corneas different ways so you can have bifocal abilities. It's absolutely wild.

The key is finding someone who has the latest technology and mucho experience with hard cases. My doctor was one who did most of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat teams. Safe to say that if a multi-million dollar athlete is going to trust him with their eyes, I can certainly trust the man. ;)

Stiney
01-31-2007, 01:50 PM
My astigmatism isn't that bad--I was able to wear contacts way before most people with astigmatism could.

An astigmatism means that your eye is incorrectly formed (I think it's "lumpy") and doesn't refract the light properly into your eye. As opposed to just bad vision, where your eye doesn't properly focus the light to hit the right part in the back of the eye, and you need lenses to help.

I think it's funny that people back in the day thought they had eye beams that shot from their head and that's how they saw, when really, light beams shoot into your eye and let you see. :teehee:

janelanespaintbrush
01-31-2007, 01:51 PM
My eyes are still changing (got just a new Rx yesterday) and I'm 36!

So Nathalie... what kind of money are we talking here? Those sorts of things aren't usually covered by PPO plans, are they? Even if I had to pay OOP, I suppose getting new glasses every couple of years adds up over a life-time (esp. w/ my prescription and taste) so it would probably be cost-effective in the long run.

Can you see what's going on when they are working on your eyes?

auburnchick
01-31-2007, 03:53 PM
Actually, some health insurance plans are starting to cover a portion. A lot of times, you can purchase an eye plan in addition to your regular health insurance. It sometimes covers some of the cost.

I think I spent around $4,000 to have mine done. But, we had done the pre-tax medical reimbursement (money is taken out of paycheck before taxes). We had planned on my son getting braces, but when the orthodontist said he didn't need them that year, we didn't want to lose the money and decided to investigate the eye surgery.

The doctor did his surgeries on Fridays, and the OR had a big window with chairs in front of it so everyone could watch (with closed-circuit TV to see a closeup of the eye). My kids and dh watched the surgery.

The surgery itself is pretty cool. You lie on a table, and the machine is over your head. You're just staring straight up, but because your vision isn't good yet, you can't really see what's going on. BUT, you smell the flesh burning. Kind of gross, but painless due to the numbing drops they put in your eyes.

I have to say, though, that when I sat up when they finished, I could read the clock on the wall -- ACROSS the room. I cried with joy. I had worn corrective vision my entire life. I even remember my first pair of glasses, when the ground looked like it was up in my face, and I kept raising my feet to walk because the sidewalk seemed so high.

It was an AMAZING thing to be able to see without contacts!!!! :happydance:

janelanespaintbrush
01-31-2007, 04:09 PM
Burning flesh? :ick: Do they also give you an antiemetic to keep you from barfing? I think I would find it very disconcerting, to say the least. My insurance is changing next month so I'll have to check my coverage. Thanks for the info. :)

auburnchick
01-31-2007, 08:37 PM
I guess my terminology was too graphic.

I had PRK and Lasik (different procedures for each eye). PRK removes a bit of tissue with a laser to reshape the cornea. This procedure is better for people with thin corneas (which was my problem with one eye). Lasik involves cutting a thin flap of tissue and then using the laser to remove tissue from the cornea to reshape it.

I guess the burning smell comes from the laser removing the tissue. It's really not that bad. It's not like your skin is on fire or anything. :teehee:

Good luck though!

monzogary
02-01-2007, 11:20 AM
Have y'all thought about having the vision correction surgery?


I thought about it very fleetingly. I cannot see past about 6 inches in front of my face without my glasses. The last time I went to get my eyes checked and get new glasses, the optometrist talked to me about it. He told me that if you see better really close up without your glasses (like for close up reading) then you would not be a good candidate for surgery because with the surgery you will see the way do do with glasses all the time. For me, this was a definite deal breaker for ever having vision correction surgery, because I get headaches if I read for long periods with my glasses on and I can see so much better really close up without my glasses. If I am having a hard time seeing some little problem with my knitting (a small dropped stitch, a hard to untangle knot, etc.) I have to take my glasses off and I see so much better. Strange but true! So just an FYI for anyone considering having it done, and it was something I had never heard before!

Jessica
02-01-2007, 11:29 AM
Im very nearsighted, and have to wear glasses or contacts all the time. I can see okay up close, except when I first take my glasses off, or if I have been wearing them all day.
I cannot wear my glasses knitting or on the computer or anything where Im focusing on something close, it gives me a killer head ache. I would say try wearing them knitting, and if it hurts, dont wear them :shrug: Your eyes will take about a week or so to get use to the perscription, so that might also cause headaches.

janelanespaintbrush
02-01-2007, 12:26 PM
I can see so much better really close up without my glasses. If I am having a hard time seeing some little problem with my knitting (a small dropped stitch, a hard to untangle knot, etc.) I have to take my glasses off and I see so much better. Strange but true!

My Dad was like this. Then he had cataract surgery which made his vision 20/20, but now he can't see as well close up.

auburnchick
02-01-2007, 12:32 PM
I thought about it very fleetingly. I cannot see past about 6 inches in front of my face without my glasses. The last time I went to get my eyes checked and get new glasses, the optometrist talked to me about it. He told me that if you see better really close up without your glasses (like for close up reading) then you would not be a good candidate for surgery because with the surgery you will see the way do do with glasses all the time. For me, this was a definite deal breaker for ever having vision correction surgery, because I get headaches if I read for long periods with my glasses on and I can see so much better really close up without my glasses. If I am having a hard time seeing some little problem with my knitting (a small dropped stitch, a hard to untangle knot, etc.) I have to take my glasses off and I see so much better. Strange but true! So just an FYI for anyone considering having it done, and it was something I had never heard before!

I would not take the word of the optometrist. No offense. You really should talk to a surgeon who does the surgeries. They have all of the latest information about new technologies that can address many, many vision issues. My doctor was one of the first in south FL to have the latest training and machines.

Trust me, EVERY eye doctor told me I wasn't a candidate. I'm so glad I went to a specialist (after trusting the optometrist's opinion for years!).

Braden
02-01-2007, 09:48 PM
I wear contacts, and I wear them all the time, but sometimes, after knitting for a while, I'll have to let my eyes adust.